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were up, men were down. when mitt romney spoke about health care, you saw men up. one thing about mitt romney, that he did very well, he seemed to tie everything back to creating jobs, and that's what he needs to do well on to win this election, everything, health care, everything else was about job creation. >> i think we had a big upset tonight. 2-1, the american people thought the president would win, he lost. mitt romney came prepared to play, drove to debate. i don't think the president has been talked to like this over the past four years, and i think he was so surprised that romney was just sort of plat out lying, never proposed a 20% tax cut. we've been hearing that a lot. and i think that threw him off his game. it propels all of his campaign into the next debate. mitt romney could have gone down and this race would have been over. now we have a horse race on our hands. >> do you think democrats will hire rob portman for debate preparation? >> the ads in the campaign, so negative, and so nasty. i expected president obama to start bucking about bain capital, 47%. >> never debat
you're ahead, don't rock the boat. but he did try to pin mitt romney down on specifics. >> he says that he's going to close deductions and loopholes for his tax plan. that's how it's going to be paid for but we don't know the details. he says that he's going to replace dot frank, wall street reform, but we don't know exactly which ones. he won't tell us. he now says he's going to replace obama care. at some point i think the american people have to ask themselves, is the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans to replace secret because they are too good? is it because somehow middle class families are going to benefit too much from them? >> let me bring in nick khristoff. let me read one of your many tweets last night, nick. obama is such a gifted speaker but tonight he seemed passive, distracted and defensive. what happened? >> i mean n a word, he blew it. it is not the same as blowing a campaign. i think part of it was expectations and romney did much better than expectations. but beyond that, he let romney get away with accusing him of being the one who is undecid
that romney won hands down, flat out. and the liberal media has largely gone along with that. romney won. am i going overboard. >> you agree, i agree, the twitter verse agrees. he came out and nailed it. the first time we've seen mitt romney come out on offense, and barack obama played defense. and he was very, very crisp shall the entire time. he started with a great story, he came out and he connected with the people, and he laid out five point plans and hit small businesses right there up front and from that point on. and a lot of our viewers in california just waking up. barely seven o'clock in the morning there. just waking up. and i don't think they expected to wake up to this kind of news about the debate last night. >> especially for folks in the media for people like bill maher and michael moore and everyone on fox news. cnn. and liberal conservatives coming together and enormous win for mitt romney. that's not something that you see all the time. and he held barack obama accountable for failed policies. this is the mitt romney that could win the election. >> we have plenty more to go
business. >> my priority is jobs. so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> governor romney's proposal calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. the average middle class family with children would pay about $2,000 more. it is not possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect individuals to avoid either raising the deficit or burdening the middle class. it's math. >> reporter: on medicare and social security,one agreement. >> neither the president nor are are i are proposing any changes. >> aarp has said that your plan would weaken medicare, substantially. >> romney fired back a a major debate moment that the president weakened the economy by his focus on health care. >> i don't know how the president could have come into office facing rising unploimt and spending energy and passion fighting for obama care. >> we did work on this alongside working on jobs. this is part of making sure that middle class families are secure in this country. >> a substantial debate. no zingers. i'm steve handles, nbc news, denver. >> as mentioned, we heard a t lo of promises from both can
since we had mitt romney. and someone doubling down on the very same policies that crashed the economy in the first place. he talked to the american people about his plan to voucherize medicare. talked to the american people about his plan to repeal wall street reform, but couldn't name one single regulation on wall street. how he doesn't have a $5 trillion tax cut, which he is campaigning on for 1 8 months. >> thank you, stephanie cutter. candy, you get a since of the obama campaign's response there. the message from the obama team is mitt romney, not delivering enough specifics. we knew going in that was an idea they might come out of the debate. sure enough, we're hearing it tonight, kahne. >> jessica yellin from the obama campaign's stephanie cutter. that's why they call it the spin room. wolf. >> kahnca candy, you heard step cutter take a swipe at jim lehrer. you know who the next moderator will be. that will be you. give me your impression, your sense of what happened tonight from a moderator's perspective. we saw the president got four extra minutes in the course of this debate
of the state and then let's focus on getting the costs down for people. >> mitt romney several times taking the fight to president obama. rarely did president obama take the fight to mitt romney. >> he wouldn't really engage with mitt romney. mitt romney would take him on on every issue, including the question of health care in massachusetts. you know, he didn't back away from it. to me, what's interesting about mitt romney this evening is that he's a very different mitt romney from the one we all watched during the primaries, the one we watched during the primaries was combative very often, without smiling, sometimes awkward, you know, tonight i think he sort of had it all together, focused on the president -- >> you agree his best debate performance? >> absolutely. >> i think mitt romney rose to a moment tonight, in a way frankly surprised me. this is a man that benefited from a zillion primary debates, very comfortable in his own skin in that debate tonight. and the president was almost condescending at first, like i can't believe i'm having to explain all of this. i think halfway throug
. every liberal in this country knows that mitt romney wants to privatize social security down the road. and to do a deal with the devil on that would be the wrong thing to do. i think the president created a big problem for himself. i don't think he explained himself very well on the economy. i thought he was off his game. i was stunned tonight. rash elyou just mentioned about time, the president needs to get in and fight for that time. there's people that expect him to fight for that time. >> i thought the one thing that mitt romney did tonight that he has not done for the duration of the campaign and was very effective was just lop off the right wing of his party. he didn't care about them tonight. if something was popular, more money for community schools, he was for that. it didn't matter if it would make the right wing, how. whenever the president named a popular policy, more spending on education, more money on medicare, he was for it and he would attack the president for things that were unpopular. so the question becomes can you effectively tie mitt romney to the republican par
was not going to step down from the presidential podium into that courtroom and become a prosecutor. mitt romney was happy to take on the role of the smiling prosecutor, which i think we can all agree was exactly what he should have done. tactically what we saw mitt romney do makes sense from where we're sitting certainly, and when you are sitting where we're sitting, watching what the president was doing in the debate, being careful, protecting his lead, you might say, you can look at that and say that's not going to work in the next two debates. and i think team obama is probably looking at that right now and saying okay, we have to step into this debate. we can't stand back and i would differ with you, rachel about the moderator point in this debate. i actually like this kind of debate because the moderator is not a factor. he leaves it up to the debaters to make it a debate. mitt romney's team knew that and mitt romney came into this debate determined to make it a debate. no one brought up green jobs. the moderator didn't bring up green jobs. mitt romney did to use it as a tool against the p
. still way down in ohio. but in virginia, romney is down by just two. with a lot on the line in past debates, romney is doing well. >> going up against mitt romney is not a fun thing. he has the fax. he drills you. he stays. he is tenacious. >> reporter: and sometimes aggressive. >> the idea that i'm anti-immigrant is repulsive. don't use a term like that. >> reporter: aides admit barack obama in debates can sound like a professorial no-it-all. >> i understand the broader point that senator clinton has been trying to make over the last several weeks. >> reporter: tonight's format is from 2008. two podiums, moderator jim lehrer, 90 minutes, no breaks. a back and forth on domestic issues with possible fireworks. >> i think you're going to see both of them actually be more aggressive than either of their campaigns have predicted because the stakes are pretty high. >> reporter: the contest could get even tighter after tonight's clash. but many here in denver agree, this race could be determined by this first debate. live from denver, i'm steve handelsman, nbc bay area news. >> it could b
romney was going to take down the whole ticket because his campaign had been so ineffective. after the debate they were convinced he wasn't going to. he definitely had a good evening last night. whether or not it's enough to change the momentum in the race we'll know in the next few days. with respect to the plan all the democrats have done ills put a price tag. 20% across the board tax cuts make them permanent. >> that's a lie. what he said it's going to be cost neutral. >> he didn't say that until last night. >> that is just not right. he said it when he rolled it out. he said it in his speeches. >> he hasn't said how he's going to raise any revenue to make up for the losses in the tax revenue. >> since 1986 larry remembers it well. >> lower the rates, broaden the base. by the way he also said that the 17% duck bucket for deductions, that's the most anyone's going to get. the upper end bucket will be even smaller. before we get into this policy thing, look, your boys are going negative now, okay? that is a tipoff they are scared to death that romney was a game changer. obama said
imagine, here with me. >> reporter: and then they got down to business. the subject, jobs. romney took it to the president from the get-go. >> middle income families are being crushed. >> reporter: it was clear and direct and aggressive. romney seemed hon his game and ready for a fight. hammering away at the grim economic track record of the last four years. >> when the president took office, 32 million people on food stamps. 47 million on foot stamp today. economic growth this year, slower than last year. and last year, slower than the year before. going forward with the stat us can quo is not going to cut it for the american people who are struggling today. >> reporter: president obama seemed, at first, to wander a bit, but found his footing with an answer that slammed romney as the heir of failed trickle-down economics. >> math, common sense and our history shows us that's not a recipe for job growth. look, we've tried this, the approach that governor romney is talking about is the same sales pitch that was made in 2001 and 2003 and ill culminated in the worst financial crisis. >> r
campaign with the election just 34 days away. crucial swing voters still undecided. with romney trailing in the polls, time running short, tonight could be his turning point. here's how it went down. they came out, shook hands, ready for the main event. but president obama began soft, very soft. a shoutout to the first lady. >> i just want to wish, sweetie, you happy anniversary and let you know that a year from now, we will not be celebrating it in front of 40 million people. >> romney graciously followed suit with an easy quip. >> congratulations to you, mr. president, on your anniversary. i'm sure this was the most romantic place you could imagine, here with me. >> reporter: and then they got down to business. the subject, jobs. romney took it to the president from the get-go. >> middle income families are being crushed. >> reporter: it was clear and direct and aggressive. romney seemed hon his game and ready for a fight. hammering away at the grim economic track record of the last four years. >> when the president took office, 32 million people on food stamps. 47 million on foot stam
cool and calm, but a little too cool for most of us. this image is telling. romney is staring down the president and the audience, while the professorial president just staring down. what was athat about? here it to answer that and decode our tics and grins and gestures is chris oel rich to give us insight into it, and what the president can improve on in the next debate. thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. >> the first thing that i noticed is romney really used his hands a lot, in almost all of his speaking there was some gesturing going on. at the same time, the president had a little interesting stance with his feet with one foot sort of back behind the podium. what do you make of this hands for romney and feet for obama situation? >> well, that's a great observation. for mitt romney a very different mitt romney. that's what we saw in this debate. mitt romney most of the time his hands are down at his sides. he used gestured to get his point across and the use of emblems to bring home a he message. check please. if he had three points, he'd say one, two, three
down the argument. >> reporter: the president and romney finally went head to head. right out of the gate the candidates boiled down their economic arguments. >> governor romney, has a perspective that says if we cut taxes, go toward the wealthy and roll back regulation that we will be better off. i have a different view. >> the president has a view similar to the one he had when he ran four years ago. if you will trickle down government would work. that's not the right answer former. >> reporter: his comments about the 47% have taken a toll on his campaign. even before that leaked video show that americans think he favors the wealthy. tonight he wanted to try to change that perspective. >> the people who are having the hard time right now are middle income americans. under the president's policies they have been buried. they are just being crushed. i will not under any circumstances race taxes on middle income families. >> reporter: the president said he doesn't have the right answer and romney can't keep his goal of cutting taxes without hurting the middle class. >> now
to cost jobs, my priority is jobs so i bring down the rates. >> aggressive romney talks about what he will cut. >> i will eliminate all programs by this test. is the program so critical it is worth -- >> governor mitt romney is going to have a busy first day because he is going to repeal obama care among democrats as you can sitting down with them. >> and the next presidential debate is on october 16th in new york. >> time now 4:33, people gathered at debate watch parties and over flow crowds showed up in san jose and among those, political science professors. i think mitt romney did a great job, obama looked a little off his game. i think mitt romney did a better job tonight. >> i think the winner is the president because he is the president and his opponent has to be able to say why he should be better than the incumbent and i don't think that was necessarily done tonight. >> and a debate feels 6 5% feels mitt romney won compared to 2 5% for the president. and 48% for mitt romney, compared to 2 5% for the president. >>> and fact statements you will find that on our website www.ktvu.
with an economic show down. president obama and mitt romney squared off for the first of three presidential debates last night and what some are calling a polite war of words, the candidates sparred over job creation, taxes and the future of health care. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: the pressure was on mitt romney who needed a turn around. president obama came into the debate ahead in every battleground state. with an estimated 60 million americans watching on tv, cable and the web, moderator jim leherer asked can you put more people to work? >> the answer is, yes, we can help. >> reporter: romney would cut taxes and regulations on small business. >> my priority is jobs, and so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> governor romney's proposal that he's been promoting for 18 months calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> reporter: which the president claimed would help the rich at others' expense. >> the average middle class family with young children would pay $2,000 more. >> everything he said about my tax plan is not accurate. >> it is not possible to come up with enough tax cut
the debate. jay wrote romney hands down. obama is nothing but rhetoric. ofasso wrote obama was clearber what he is going do for us. we're still not sure what romney will do and jessica wrote in the middle here. debate is not about winning or losing at this point. we want to hear what you think about the debate. tell us on our facebook page. easy, go to -- search for my fox dc. >> another topic after the debate is the fate of big bird. last night, mitt romney said he would cut funding to pbs to bring down the deficit adding he liked the sesame street character big bird but not at a steep price. take a look. >> i'm s jim, i will stop the subsidy to pbs and other things. i like pbs and big bird, i like you, too, but i'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from china to pay for it. >> following the statement, big bird fans flocked to twitter and facebook defending the sesame character and some parody accounts popped up, posting spoof photos of big bird and others, some too risky for tv news. the post debate coverage continues on www.myfoxdc.com. click on the fact checke
'll break down some of the electoral possibilities, which is narrowing for mitt romney and david shuster is in denver as well. the debate will start in about 57 minutes. i'm already buzzing. i love these things. >> jennifer: let's go! let's go! >> cenk: and we'll have analysis afterwards as well. vice president gore let me start with you. it looks like mitt romney is significantly down in the important swing states. does your strategy shift now and if so how? >> i think he has to be aggressive, without seeming to be aggressive and i think it's a tricky act for him to pull off. i think that his supporters realize that he is probably behind as the polls indicate and that he needs to really change some minds tonight. i think in some way there's more pressure on president obama simply because the polls indicate and most people expect that he will win the debate and that's a tough position to be in. but at the same time because governor romney has to do so much more -- he has to change the course of this race tonight, and that puts an enormous amount of pressure on him. so
romney. you have to view it from the mitt romney that came into the debate. conservatives were down on him. his staff were down on him. donors were reluctant to give money to him. most thought he had no opportunity to win the race. he comes out of the debate as somebody who reassured conservatives. his biggest critics are applauding him. the donors are excited again. republicans will gather around him. he has a week or two of positive coverage. he's not going to have conservatives belly aching from the sidelines about his performance. he has a chance to reinvent himself. he has to continue the reinvention. last night is not enough. he needs to be able to use ads, speeches, other moments to amplify another romney than the romney most voters have seen in ads over three months. >> it's been four years sincesi debate stage. he hasn't had a face-to-face since he's been president of the united states. is this what we saw four years ago or did he have a bad night? >> i think he had a bad night. it took his staff ten minutes to get to the spin room to talk about the result. they were trying
calling mitt romney the winner. trickle-down government. i wonder what lou will say about that. lori: he has been wanting him to step out and drop the gloves. a lot of people saying he did that last night. we will also talk about retail sales. find out about these winners and losers. what stores are stocking up to grab your dollar as well. hope you like corduroys. melissa: not so much. elizabeth macdonald is at the rock 'n roll hall of fame in cleveland. she will be talking with mayor frank jackson. she will also be talking to joe roman. cleveland is open for business and we are there. lori: baseball fans, probably not a shock here, the boston red sox have fired their manager, bobby valentine. they had 93 losses last season. they finished dead last. melissa: it was a tough little series here in new york. lori: no surprise, but, boy, you just get one. to prove yourself. melissa: let's head to the floor of the new york stock exchange. nicole: we are looking at a market that has had up arrows. the dow jones industrials are up. it has pulled back a little bit. the truth of the matter is, we
romney's economic plan. >> that kind of top-down economics, where folks at the top are doing well, so the average person making 3 million bucks is getting a $250,000 tax break, while middle class families are burdened further. >> reporter: romney was determined to go toe to toe. >> but virtually everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate. >> all right. go ahead. >> so if the tax plan he described were a tax plan i was asked to support, i would say, absolutely not. >> reporter: the president did get digs in. >> for 18 months, he's been running on this tax plan. and now, five weeks before the election, he's saying that his big, bold idea is, never mind. >> reporter: but he also showed flashes of the kind of testiness sources in both camps feared from their candidates, except obama's was directed a the moderator, not romney. >> the last point i'd make, before -- >> two minutes is up, sir. >> no, i think i had five seconds before you interrupted me, was -- >> reporter: romney did have his own awkward moderator moment. >> i'm sorry, jim, i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs. i
looked down when his opponent spoke and sometimes appeared angry or peevish. romney kept his eyes glued on the president, waiting to jump in. today, mr. obama delivered some of the comebacks he missed last night. >> he said he would eliminate funding for public television. ( laughter ) ( booing ) that was his answer. i mean, thank goodness somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. it's about time. we didn't know that big bird was driving the federal deficit. >> reporter: so the question now is does the campaign send the president back to debate camp? earlier this week, he described it as a drag, and, scott, one source close to the white house tells us the president appeared irritated during debate prep in nevada, a common affliction for presidents who aren't used to being challenged face to face. >> pelley: we're going to switch now to jan crawford who is covering the renewed romney campaign tonight, jan. >> >> reporter: scott, romney had gotten off his message the past few weeks and conservatives criticized him for not being tough enough on the president. last night he silenced
of obama as the commander in cheesm. >> and romney? >> romney is really laying it down and being very detailed for once. >> my mind was already made up. but i became a lot more informed. >> i like when they're talking about the health care stuff. and about the middle class. because i'm middle class, so a lot of that stuff affects me. >> president obama plans on campaigning on the george mason campus tomorrow. and we'll have much more on last night's debate throughout the morning. mark murray will join us later in the morning to break down what the candidates needed to accomplish and whether they were successful. >>> right now, though, some breaking news. >> good morning. turkey has renewed strikes on syria after an attack that left five people dead. we just got some video into the newsroom we can show you now. turkish artillery hit a border town striking several syrian soldiers. attacks started wednesday after a mortar bomb struck. turkey has no intention of declaring war on syria. >>> right now, two separate searches are under way in our region for two missing teenagers. 17-year-old
. governor romney really engaging with him, engaging with the audience. president obama looking down through a lot of the debate. i actually had this memory of 2008 where remember the first debate with obama and john mccain where mccain did not make eye contact through much of the debate with obama. we talked about that a lot. obama not making eye contact with romney a lot. looking down, surprised by romney's strength. and just monot engaged. >> so he was intense. he leaned in. it was like he had a lot of coffee before the debate. and he just was going after the president. my question for you, joe, is why can't he transfer this to the campaign trail? why wouldn't that work? it was great. >> i think that's what everybody said last night. i think he was very comfortable last night talking about facts, talking about information. i don't think -- >> he wasn't explaining a lot of stuff. >> going to chipotle just hanging out with the kids. i'm dead serious. >> i'm talking about speeches and rallies, and there are things people want to hear. i bet you the americans watching last night are the same
. without a doubt. mitt romney put down a strong performance last night and a couple things are behind it. first of all, a solid understanding of business background and regulation en you see that being cheered by certain sectors. the financials standing out especially his comments regarding mortgage loans. there's also a sense that governor romney's success in massachusetts working with a legislature fell 85% democrat but being able to accomplish major things for massachusetts and it has been a number of years. someone suggested four years since we had bipartisan positives out of washington d.c.. given the governor's record the markets would certainly scheerer bipartisan reform as regards to taxes and the fiscal cliff. dave: that is a great point. the fact the we have not seen by partisanship like the president said we were going to see when he started this administration. let's bring heather into the conversation. focusing on this romney bomb do you think it is sustainable -- excuse me? heather, go ahead. is this romney bumped sustainable? >> a great day. definitely it is kind of a romn
is are going that. obama, flat, looking down, angry, irritated. like he is phoning it in. mitt romney was aggressive. wonder if he went through 22 debates in the primary with republicans. it showed last night. it really did. >> sure did. very strange strategy so to speak from the president. >> if it was a strategy, yeah. join the conversation logging on to our facebook page wnnfans. m wnnfans.com. >>> and from pickles to meatballs, all week bringing you unusual food tour of new york city. >> that's right. this morning we found a place that has perfected donuts. look at this thing right here. >> not yet. not yet. >> stick around for our extreme eats coming up next. man. >> one of our favorite treats at >>> well, they are one of our favorite treats at 3:00 a.m. donuts. >> we send amanda van allen, donuts taken to a whole new level. amazing, amanda. >> ron, paula, you have never seen donuts like the ones i am about to show you. i visited donut planet, where i learned to make three types of gourmet donuts. i even used a blow torch for one of them. part of our extreme series, "extreme eat
said obama didn't do his best last night. romney won hands down. body language alone. if you looked at the debate. president obama looked down a lot. and looking at his notes. what about the body language. >> i thought body language. styliically romm rom was the winner. no one disputes that. but the substance issues, when you look at the fact that mitt romney got out there and said, he's not going to voucher -- he will medicare and cut taxes. what i find interesting is that mitt romney has been all over the place in what he. >> no, he hasn't. >> you can't trust him. just yesterday he said something else. when it comes down to it. they are issues that are challenging. >> for obama to go back to the bill clinton days. bill clinton worked with republicanns, president obama has not. >> he tried to work with republicans. >> one more question i want to ask you both. >> sure. >> what about the undecided vores? that is what they aimed for. who won the undecided vote. >> mitt romney did. independents are result oriented and mitt romney said this is how it worked in the past and going to be d
. the president would not look at mitt romney? >> steve: no. >> brian: he kept looking down . romm rom was staring at him. >> steve: he would look at jim lehrer like he is taking too much time. >> brian: i thought it was telling and you saw a guy that did one thing and i thought the b.b.c. katy k who never said anything nice about a republican. president obama has spent millions was dollars trying to show that governor romney was not worthy of being president. governor romney showed he was worthy and he is competent and all of that money was wasted to any of the 60 million who watched. >> steve: that's the beauty of seeing them side by side unfiltered and uninterrupt no commercials. in 30 second sound bites you can try to defend or define your opponent and that's what the president has done. last night, gretchen, when the president of the united states am mitt romney want to cut taxes for rich guys. mr. romney said mr. president, that is not the case. >> i know you and your running mate keep saying that and it is popular to say. but it is not the case. i have five boys and i am used to people sayi
. i think he let us all down. i hate to say it. look romney came to play. i think -- romney came to play and president obama stayed home. listen. i looked at it not just as an obama supporter but as somebody who loves debate and has made a living out of debating. and started out -- look, in -- i was on the debate team in high school. i the debate team -- in delaware. i was on the debate team at niagara university. when i went to college. i coached debate. my father judged high school in philadelphia. i debated on crossfire on the spin room, on msnbc. i've debated on the road with bob novack ay and bill crystal and mary madeline and you name them. armstrong williams. alan keys, i can't remember all of the conservatives i've been on the road with. so debate is sort of my thing. i'm sorry to say it, on points and on style, mitt romney won last debate. he came to play. obama did not. and it's not that -- i don't know what it w the president decided he wasn't going to get down and dirty but he just let mitt rom
down to policy nitty-gritty in their first face-off. >> early reviews say mitt romney turned in a strong performance in denver last night. it's thursday, october 4th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good thursday morning, everybody. i'm paula faris. >> i'm rob nelson. welcome everybody. a lot of people are saying it looks like a brand new race this morning. we'll have complete debate analysis coming up in just a second. by all accounts a very good night, momentum game changer for mitt romney. >> bit of a head scratcher for the president. a lot of people said he just look ed listless. >> not, not a good night. so, expect reassessment. >> for sure. >> also this half-hour, laughing it up with america's post debate ritual. a look at "saturday night live's" long history of skewering the politicians. no one does it better than "snl." >> not gonna do it. >> not gonna do it. dana carvey. >> can't wait. hear how they're going to spin it. also ahead, we have heard so much about the peanut butter recall. now we meet a victim of the outbreak, a little boy whose
conference in colorado welcomed mitt romney with thunderous applause on thursday. the unscheduled stop was a victory lap of sorts, following a strong performance at the first presidential debate. >> trickle down government that the president proposes, it is one where he will raise taxes on small business, which will kill jobs. i want to keep the taxes down on small business so we can create jobs. >> reporter: an instant cbs news poll on the uncommitted voters showed romney won the first debate by a margin of 2- 1. speaking on thursday he continues to draw contrast with the president. >> we don't measure compassion by how many people we can put on food stamps. but we measure it by how many people you can get a good job to get off of food stamps. >> reporter: president obama came out swinging thursday, something critics say he should have done at the debates. >> the presidented told a crowd of supporters in denver a different challenger showed up wednesday night. >> the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year. promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that will pay
will not be celebrating it in front of 40 million people. then they got down to business, the subject, jobs. romney took it to the president from the get-go. >> middle-income families are being crushed. >> reporter: it was clear and direct and aggressive. romney seemed on his game and ready for a fight. hammering away at the grim economic track record of the last four years. >> the president took office, 32 million people on food stamps, 47 million on food stamps today. economic growth this year, slower than last year. last year slower than the year before. going forward with the status quo is not going to cut it for the american people who are struggling today. >> reporter: president obama seemed at first to wander a bit, but found his footing with an answer that slammed romney as the heir of failed trickle down economics. >> i think, math, common sense, and our history shows us that is not a recipe for job growth. we tried this. the approach governor romney is talking about is the same sales pitch made in '01 and '03 and it all culminated in the worst financial crisis since the great depression. >> th
demonstrated a clear vision of what he tried to get mitt romney to say, what points to pin him down on. romney won the debate. last night romney was more skilled. it doesn't change the policies. >> ezra, will the strategy work in the next two debates that heavy here? will this vague strategy work with foreign policy and the next debate beyond that? >> i think that the obama team is going to be more ready for what romney's able to bring to the debate than they were in this one. they'll be prepared for romney to walk in and tell his credentials. romney will change up his strategy. in general first debates are lopsided. the incumbent tends to recover a little bit in the second debate. whether we'll follow that trend line is anybody's guess. >> thank you, ezra. appreciate it. now to the third person on stage at the debates last night, you. yes, you didn't have a vocal response, but let me tell you, every moment people like you were chiming in. twitter reports today that it was the most tweeted event in u.s. politics generating over 10 million tweets in 90 minutes. perspective, that means just six
to convince people because he's down in the polls. >> reporter: the president and mitt romney square off again two more times. the next debate is a town hall style event in new york. tara mergener for cbs news, the white house. >> we sampled some reaction to the debate some our facebook page. it said the problem with the debate is they're going past their time limit and mitt romney wasn't clear what he would do for the economy. so for me it's a tie. kia said not only did romney insult educators, he also insulted the poor. obama wasn't a big winner tonight either. he lacked an aggression. so overall i think it was a fair fight. you can leave your comments by going to facebook.com/wusa9. >>> the candidates can get carried away sometimes when they are explaining their positions. so did mitt romney or president owe bottom ma stretch the truth -- president obama stretch the truth when they were talking about taxes. derek mcginty watched the debate with our partners at "u.s.a. today." >> reporter: there was a lot to talk about and a lot of facts out there, especially this $5 trillion in tax cuts. pr
'll sit down with democratic leaders as well as republican leaders. >> i think governor romney is going to have a busy first day because he's also going to repeal obama care, which will not be popular among democrats as you sit down with them. >> mitt romney and president obama spar over health care and who can get things done in health care. who made the best case and who was the best middle class messenger? bernie sanders and cay bailey hutchinson join me next to talk about that. >>> plus, it turns out big bird was the clear win ore it have debate. we'll explain. and we'll get your thoughts on what you witnessed last night in the first 2012 presidential debate. was mitt romney's debate performance the october surprise? weigh in on twitter, you'll find us @thomasaroberts. creamy spinach artichoke dip, crispy garlic chicken spring rolls. they're this season's must-have accessory. lean cuisine. be culinary chic. that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance pla
down, sometimes appearing disengaged. it's not that he didn't try to rip apart romney's economic plan. >> that kind of top-down economics, where folks at the top are doing well, so the average person making 3 million bucks is getting a $250,000 tax break, while middle class families are burdened further. >> reporter: romney was determined to go toe to toe. >> well, but -- >> but virtually everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate. so if the tax plan he described were a tax plan i was asked to support, i'd say, absolutely not. >> reporter: the president did get digs in. >> for 18 months he's been running on this tax plan. and now five weeks before the election, he's saying that his big, bold idea is never mind. >> reporter: but he also showed is flashes of the kind of testiness sources in both camps feared from their candidates, except obama's was directed at the moderator, not romney. >> the last point i'd make, before -- >> two minutes is up, sir. >> i think i had five seconds, before you interrupted me -- >> reporter: romney did have his own awkward moderator moment. >
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